Dantes at the Eat Bulaga! US press conference, July 2008
National Youth Commission
September 1, 2014 – April 11, 2016
Jose Sixto Gonzalez Dantes III|
August 2, 1980
Quezon City, Philippines
|Height||180 cm (5 ft 11 in)|
|Spouse(s)||Marian Rivera (m. 2014)|
|Alma mater||West Negros University|
|Occupation||Actor, director, presenter, model, recording artist, businessman, politician|
Jose Sixto Gonzalez Dantes III (born 2 August 1980) commonly known as Dingdong Dantes, is a Filipino actor, television presenter, commercial model and film producer. Dantes is currently working as an exclusive talent of GMA Network, also as the chairman of the YesPinoy Foundation and manages his own film studio named AgostoDos Pictures.
Life and career
Dantes was born at 10:50 AM at Constabulary Station Hospital (now known as PNP General Hospital) in Quezon City, Philippines on August 2, 1980 to Sixto Zafra Dantes Jr. and Maria Angelita "Angeline" Enriquez Gonzalez. He began his career as a child model at the age of two, appearing in a television advertisement for a dairy product. Several other commercials ensued before he joined an all-male dance group called Abztract Dancers, with his friend, actor Nathan Dados, and his cousin, actor Arthur Solinap. Their group became regulars on Eat Bulaga! and That's Entertainment.
As an actor, his first movie appearance was in the Shake, Rattle and Roll V episode "Anino". After three years, he debuted on GMA Network's youth-oriented T.G.I.S. when he was 17, under the name Raphael Dantes playing the role of Iñaki. He was first paired with Antoinette Taus. Dantes and Taus became one of the most memorable loveteams in Philippine entertainment industry, especially in the 90's. He appeared in films like Honey My Love So Sweet, Kiss Mo 'Ko and I'm Sorry My Love, and television programmes including Anna Karenina, and did a few guesting stints on ABS-CBN such as a F.L.A.M.E.S. episode, a youth-oriented romantic-drama anthology with different love teams and stories that aired from 1996 to 2000.
In 2000, Dantes appeared in the sitcom Super Klenk. In 2001, he was paired with actress Tanya García as they top-billed GMA-7's primetime soap opera series Sana Ay Ikaw Na Nga. The two headlined in another primetime romance-drama billing in 2003 titled Twin Hearts. He took on several hosting jobs including beauty pageants such as Binibining Pilipinas and GMA Network's reality artist search, StarStruck, and the game show Family Feud before its transfer to Edu Manzano. Aside from his television stints, he also appeared in films including Magkapatid and Pangarap Ko Ang Ibigin Ka. He hosts the suspense-thriller Wag Kukurap, occasionally directing. He played King Ybrahim in the Encantadia fantasy-themed television saga and the 2006 film Moments of Love.
In 2007, Dantes portrayed the lead role Sergio to Marian Rivera's character, Marimar. During the same year, he was named No. 1 Bachelor of 2007 by Cosmopolitan magazine (Philippines). He won the USTV Students’ Choice Award for "Most Popular Actor in a Drama/Mini-series."
Dantes was chosen to portray the role of "Cholo" in the Philippine adaptation of the Korean drama Stairway To Heaven. He replaced Richard Gomez as the new host for Family Feud.
In 2010, Dantes was scheduled to release You Are To Me Are Everything. He was part of Regine Velásquez and Ogie Alcasid's U.S. tour mid May–June. He appeared in the television show Endless Love from 25 June to 15 October 2010. Dantes became a cohost of Party Pilipinas on channel 7. He won the "Best Drama Actor Award" for Stairway To Heaven in the 2010 Star Awards for TV and was nominated for the same category at the 2010 Asian Television Awards.
In 2011, Dantes did a comedy primetime TV series titled I Heart You, Pare! with his leading lady Regine Velasquez. He plays an obnoxious macho guy who falls with a heterosexual woman played by Velásquez who, after a chance encounter, will meet again as she plays a drag who tries to run away from the law. They will fall in love unexpectedly. Unfortunately Regine Velásquez left seven weeks before the series came to a close due to her pregnancy with husband Ogie Alcasid. Iza Calzado replaced Velásquez in the series.
He was to be part of a Star Cinema suspense film Segunda Mano with Kris Aquino and Angelica Panganiban for the 2011 Metro Manila Film Festival. This marks Dantes' first project with rival station and film archive Star Cinema a division of ABS-CBN. It was his first time to work with Kapamilya stars. He stated that he signed a one-film contract with Star Cinema to do the film and work with Kris Aquino.
He was slated to do a primetime TV series My Beloved which is scheduled to air February 13, 2012.
In June 2012, he was chosen to star in another MMFF Entry for 2012 in the film One More Try starring Kapamilya actors Angelica Panganiban, Angel Locsin and Zanjoe Marudo. It is Dingdong's second film with rival Star Cinema of ABS-CBN and is a comeback for Ruel S. Bayani after his critically acclaimed successful blockbuster film No Other Woman hit the box-office last year. It is an adult-themed drama and a comeback for then Kapuso star Angel Locsin to work with the Kapuso star.
In 2013, Dantes and Marian Rivera joined PETA in their campaign to free Mali from the Manila Zoo, where she has been kept for the majority of her life alone in a tiny enclosure and in need of proper care.
He is currently the Chief Operating Officer of Hyundai West Parañaque.
In March 2014, Dantes was awarded his college degree by West Negros University.
In May 5, 2014, Dantes was appointed and sworn-in by President Benigno Aquino III as commissioner-at-large of the National Youth Commission. 2 years later, he decided to resign as the NYC commissioner to give way for his endorsement for Grace Poe as president and Leni Robredo as vice president in the 2016 national elections.
Dantes proposed for the second time to his perennial leading lady and longtime girlfriend, Marian Rivera, on the Marian dance show on August 9, 2014. They met on the set of Marimar in 2007. His first proposal was in Macau on August 2012.
In December 30, 2014, Dantes married Rivera in the Immaculate Conception Cathedral, Cubao, Quezon City. Both Dantes and Rivera are exclusive artists of GMA Network. After years of hard work and proven successes of their television projects, both individually or together, GMA gave them the honor of the title as their network's primetime king and queen. Thus, their wedding was given the title "The Royal Wedding". They announced they are expecting their first child in April 2015. Rivera gave birth to Maria Letizia on November 23, 2015.
|2016||Alyas Robin Hood||Jose Paolo "Pepe" De Jesus||GMA Network||Main Role with Megan Young and Andrea Torres|
|Encantadia (2016)||Prinsipe Raquim||Special Participation with real-life wife, Marian Rivera. originally by Richard Gomez|
|Poor Señorita||Rafael Buenaventura||Special Participation|
|2015||Yagit||Father Kokoy||Cameo role; Crossover character from Pari 'Koy|
|Pari 'Koy||Father Jericho "Kokoy" Evangelista||Leading role with David Remo|
|2014||Ang Dalawang Mrs. Real||Juan Antonio "Anthony" V. Real III||Leading role with Maricel Soriano, & Lovi Poe|
|2013||Genesis||Isaak Macalintal||Leading role with Rhian Ramos, Isabelle Daza, Eula Valdez, Yassi Pressman, and Celia Rodriguez|
|2012||Pahiram ng Sandali||Alex Santiago||Leading role with Lorna Tolentino|
|My Beloved||Benjamin "Benjie" Castor/Arlan||Leading role with Marian Rivera|
|Amaya||Ferdinand Magellan||Cameo role|
|2011||I ♥ You, Pare!||Kenneth Castillo||Leading role with Regine Velasquez/Iza Calzado|
|2010||Endless Love||Johnny Dizon||Leading role with Marian Rivera|
|2009||Stairway to Heaven||Pocholo 'Cholo' Fuentebella||Leading role with Rhian Ramos|
|Ang Babaeng Hinugot sa Aking Tadyang||Homer Alcaraz||Leading role with Marian Rivera|
|2008||Dyesebel||Fredo Legaspi||Leading role with Marian Rivera|
|2007||MariMar||Sergio Santibañez||Leading role with Marian Rivera|
|2006||Atlantika||Aquano||Leading role with Iza Calzado|
|Encantadia: Pag-ibig Hanggang Wakas||Haring Ybrahim/Ybarro||Main cast|
|2003||Twin Hearts||Adrian Asuncion||Leading role with Tanya Garcia|
|2001||Sana ay Ikaw na Nga||Carlos Miguel Altamonte||Leading role with Tanya Garcia|
|1996||Anna Karenina||Brix||Supporting role|
|2015–2016||Sunday PinaSaya||Guest, 5 episodes||GMA Network|
|2012||Protégé: The Battle For The Big Artista Break||Host|
|2011||Protégé: The Battle For The Big Break||Host|
|StarStruck V: The Worldwide Invasion||Host|
|2006–2007||StarStruck: The Next Level||Host|
|2005–2006||StarStruck: The Nationwide Invasion||Host|
|2004–2005||StarStruck Season 2||Host|
|Magpakailanman||2016||The Rev. Ricardo Manlapaz Story: Ang Kriminal na Binuhay ng Diyos||Boy Bonus||GMA Network|
|Spooky Nights Presents||2011||Bampirella||Alfonso|
|The Mommy Returns: Ang Mama Kong Mamaw||Bongbong|
|Magic Kamison||2007||Little Big Rufo||Rudy|
|GMA Mini-Series||2000||Tuwing Kapiling Ka||Gerald|
|TEXT (The Extreme Team)||1998||N/A||Lance|
|2015||2°: Panahon Na||Host||GMA Network||GMA News and Public Affairs climate change special|
|2011||Kwentong Dabarkads (30 Dekada ng Eat Bulaga!)||Host||Eat Bulaga! documentary special|
|Report Card: Antas Ng Edukasyon Sa Pilipinas||Host||GMA News and Public Affairs documentary special|
|2010||GMA @ 60: The Heart of Television||Host/Performer||GMA Network 60th anniversary special|
|2008||MariMar: Isang Pasasalamat||Sergio Santibañez||MariMar farewell special|
|1998||T.G.I. X-Mas||Iñaki Torres||T.G.I.S. Christmas TV special|
|2016||The Unmarried Wife||Geoff||Star Cinema|
|2014||Kubot: The Aswang Chronicles 2||Makoy||GMA Films, AgostoDos Pictures, Reality Entertainment|
|2013||Kimmy Dora: Ang Kiyemeng Prequel||Johnson||Spring Films, MJM Productions, and Quantum Films|
|She's The One||Wacky||Star Cinema|
|Dance of the Steelbars||Inmate||GMA Films & Portfolio Pictures|
|2012||One More Try||Edward||Star Cinema|
|Tiktik: The Aswang Chronicles||Makoy||GMA Films|
|Boy Pick-Up: The Movie||Cameo||GMA Films & Regal Films|
|Kimmy Dora and The Temple of Kiyeme||Johnson||Star Cinema & Spring Films|
|2011||Segunda Mano||Ivan Gálvez||Star Cinema|
|Tween Academy: Class of 2012||Cameo||GMA Films|
|2010||You to Me Are Everything||Raphael Benítez||GMA Films & Regal Films|
|2009||Kimmy Dora: Kambal sa Kiyeme||Johnson||Star Cinema, Spring Films & MJM Productions|
|2008||One True Love||Miguel "Migs" Mijares||GMA Films|
|2005||Moments of Love||Marco||GMA Films|
|Mulawin The Movie||Ybrahim||GMA Films & Regal Films|
|Bahay ni Lola 2||Rupert||Regal Films|
|2004||Spirit of the Glass||Noel||OctoArts Films & Canary Films|
|Annie B.||Fernando||Viva Films|
|Pangarap Ko Ang Ibigin Ka||Kevin||Viva Films|
|1999||Kiss Mo 'Ko||Aaron Vincent Nakpil|
|Honey, My Love, So Sweet||Paco|
|1998||I'm Sorry, My Love||Butch|
|1994||Shake, Rattle & Roll V||Elmer||Regal Films|
|1993||Edgardo Gang: Santa Rosa Daang||Ben Santa Rosa|
|1993||Makati Avenue Office Girls||Marco||Regal Films|
|1992||Takbo Talon Tili||German||Seiko Films|
|1987||Forward March||Small Boy||Regal Films|
|2009||The Dingdong Dantes Experience||Universal Records||Platinum Award|
Awards and recognitions
Film awards and nominations
|Year||Film Award/Critics||Categories||Nominated Works||Result|
|2014||40th Metro Manila Film Festival||Best Actor||Kubot: The Aswang Chronicles 2||Nominated|
|62nd FAMAS Awards||Best Actor||She's the One||Nominated|
|30th PMPC Star Awards for Movies||Movie Actor of the Year||Dance of the Steel Bars||Nominated|
|TEMPO Best of '13||Best Performance by an Actor||Included|
|2013||Gawad Tanglaw Awards||Best Actor||One More Try||Won|
|44th Box Office Entertainment Awards||Film Actor of the Year||One More Try||Won|
|61st FAMAS Awards||Best Actor||One More Try||Nominated|
|10th ENPRESS Golden Screen Awards||Best Performance by an Actor in a Lead Role-Drama||Tiktik: The Aswang Chronicles||Nominated|
|29th PMPC Star Awards for Movies||Movie Actor of the Year||One More Try||Nominated|
|2012||38th Metro Manila Film Festival||Best Actor||One More Try||Won|
|60th FAMAS Awards||Best Actor||Segunda Mano||Nominated|
|28th PMPC Star Awards for Movies||Movie Actor of the Year||Segunda Mano||Nominated|
|2011||37th Metro Manila Film Festival||Best Actor||Segunda Mano||Won|
|2008||58TH FAMAS Awards||Best Supporting Actor||Resiklo||Nominated|
|24th PMPC Star Awards for Movies||Movie Director of the Year||Angels||Nominated|
Television awards and nominations
|2015||6th ENPRESS Golden Screen TV Awards||Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Drama Program||Ang Dalawang Mrs. Real||Won|
|2014||28th PMPC Star Awards for TV||Best Drama Actor||Ang Dalawang Mrs. Real||Nominated|
|5th ENPRESS Golden Screen TV Awards||Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Drama Series||Pahiram ng Sandali||Nominated|
|2013||4th ENPRESS Golden Screen TV Awards||Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Drama Series||My Beloved||Nominated|
|Outstanding Reality Competition Program Host||Protégé: The Battle For The Big Artista Break||Won|
|2012||26th PMPC Star Awards for TV||Best Drama Actor||My Beloved||Nominated|
|2010||24th PMPC Star Awards for Television||Best Drama Actor||Stairway to Heaven||Won|
|15th Asian Television Awards||Best Actor in a Leading Role||Nominated|
|2007||21st PMPC Star Awards for TV||Best Talent Show Program Host||StarStruck: The Next Level||Won|
|2004||18th PMPC Star Awards for TV||Best Talent Search Program Host||StarStruck||Nominated|
|2014||Anak TV Awards||Anak TV Makabata Awardee|
|2013||Anak TV Awards||Anak TV Makabata Awardee|
|International Business and Academe Conference||Outstanding Youth Ambassador Awardee|
|Movie Writers Welfare Foundation||Gintong Palad Public Service Awardee with Marian Rivera|
|2009||Box Office Entertainment Awards||Phenomenal Loveteam with Marian Rivera|
|YES Magazine||Most Powerful in Showbiz: Rank #7|
|2008||Philippine Walk of Fame||Walk of Fame Awardee|
|E! Entertainment Television Hollywood||Top 25 Sexiest Men in the World: Rank #3|
|Yes Magazine Readers Choice Awards||Most Popular Loveteam with Marian Rivera|
|Young Male Superstar: Rank #1|
|2007||Cosmopolitan Magazine||2007's Number 1 Bachelor of the Year|
|2012||1st Party Pilipinas Most Liked Awards||Most Liked Kapuso Drama Actor|
|Meg Top Choice Awards||Hottest Couple with Marian Rivera|
|1st Party Pilipinas Most Liked Awards||Most Liked Kilig Moments with Marian Rivera|
|Most Liked Love Team with Marian Rivera|
|2009||SOP Kapuso Tag Awards||Kapuso Male Fav-Artist|
|Most Kapuso Blopped with Marian Rivera|
|Most Romantic Kapuso Smooch with Marian Rivera|
|2008||Nickelodeon Kid's Choice Award||Favourite Television Actor|
|Supreme to the Extreme Awards||Best in Chemistry with Marian Rivera|
|2007||1st Annual Fil-Am Visionary Awards||Favourite Television Actor|
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